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Gerald (Jerry) Davis

Active Fellow

Gerald (Jerry) Davis is the Wilbur K. Pierpont Professor of Management at the Ross School of Business and Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has published widely in management, sociology, and finance. Books include Social Movements and Organization Theory (with Doug McAdam, W. Richard Scott, and Mayer N. Zald); Organizations and Organizing (with W. Richard Scott); Managed by the Markets: How Finance Reshaped America; and Changing your Company from the Inside Out: A Guide for Social Intrapreneurs (with Christopher White). He is the Editor of Administrative Science Quarterly, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Committee on Organization Studies (ICOS) at the University of Michigan. Davis’s research is broadly concerned with the effects of finance on society. Recent writings examine how ideas about corporate social responsibility have evolved to meet changes in the structures and geographic footprint of multinational corporations; whether “shareholder capitalism” is still a viable model for economic development; how income inequality in an economy is related to corporate size and structure; why theories about organizations do (or do not) progress; how architecture shapes social networks and innovation in organizations; why stock markets spread to some countries and not others; and whether there exist viable organizational alternatives to shareholder-owned corporations in the United States.

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